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Review of ‘The Cadence of Grass’

A Montana patriarch's death provides the impetus for Thomas McGuane's new novel, The Cadence of Grass. From this starting point, McGuane (Nothing but Blue Skies) explores family ties and cycles of change, producing a plentiful yield of humor and insight.

Sunny Jim Whitelaw's widow, Alice, wishes to collect herself; his daughters share more complicated desires. For…

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